Saturday, 28 May 2011

fifteen months

I started this  blog for several reasons:  to create  family memories, especially for Ruby's first years, to actually do something with all the photos that are on the hard drive, and to hopefully motivate me to finally finish one of my many craft projects.  Since I have not even opened a baby  record book for my smallest child, this little blog goes some way to alleviate the  guilt and will hopefully be a lovely memory to look back on.

The little lady is now fifteen months and is developing such a lovely sweet nature, she has been the slowest of all of them to walk but  this week seems to have finally decided she prefers to walk  rather than crawl.  She loves her bags and is a girl of expensive taste as her accessory of choice is a Jack Wills bag.  For those of you who are not familiar with this oh so trendy and pretty pricey shop we are only able to stretch to the bag they give you when you buy something.  Ruby has been tottering around the house putting a variety of things in the bag,  usually shoes and socks, this lady has style!

Another top activity is to empty all the cupboards. Mummy was prepared however, and after several breakages last week has now moved the plastic plates to her cupboard of choice.  Little miss independent is now able to go to the cupboards and open the bread sticks or hunt out the raisins and help herself to a snack, I'm sure she would prefer a much less healthy snack but they have been hidden in a higher cupboard.

You bring us all so much happiness little lady!

Is that more mischief you are planning?

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Finally Finished!

There is something very special about knitting, especially when it is for your own small children,  it is truly calming to sit down and wind the wool around the needles making it into something beautiful and practical.  Once finished there are so many memories woven into the garment that it is more than worth all the effort.

I was determined to finish Ruby's cardigan in the Easter holiday and as I  finally sewed it together was reminded of the many  places in which it had been knitted.   I vividly remember casting it on  last October as a distraction while  oldest boy  was in the hospital waiting for an operation to mend his badly broken wrist,  the front side was almost finished while he was being operated on and it was so good  to concentrate on the wool and not my worry.

The cardigan took a long time to finish as there were many distractions along the way and it was not picked up again until Christmas, however  knitting by the fire watching seasonal films with the children is another precious memory wrapped up in this little piece of clothing. More recently I took it along to the new monthly  Saturday craft morning at church and have other good memories of chatting and catching up with friends whilst making, also a new motivation to actually complete it before the next crafty meet up!

I confess I had to get a little bit of help with the fiddly bits at the bottom, but that also makes it special, knowing my mum has played a part in making it as well.

I  also made a little hat for a new baby girl who has just arrived safely in the world, it only took one evening, was very impressed with my speed!


If you are a local friend please do join us at our monthly craft cafe, it is such a lovely place to spend Saturday morning,  either learning a new skill or just chatting and working on your own craft.  Anyone is welcome, it is held in Stanmore Lane and the coffee is pretty good as well!